A uncommon pair of the unique Space Jam Air Jordan 11s, made just for Michael to put on within the 1996 movie, has bought at public sale for a whopping $176,400. The determine is sufficient to make the Js the seventh most expensive pair of sneakers ever bought at public sale and the third most costly Jordan, behind two pairs of game-worn Air Jordan 1s.
Sotheby’s hosted the public sale for the unworn and autographed sneakers in Jordan’s dimension 13. The unique Area Jam Jordan 11 featured “harmony purple” accents as a substitute of the “harmony blue” used when the sneaker ultimately launched in 2001. Solely a handful are recognized to exist, with one pair worn by His Airness famously being traded for a used Honda Civic within the nascent days of sneaker gathering.
The ultimate promoting value sits firmly in the midst of the anticipated determine, which Sotheby’s estimated at between $150,000 and $200,000. Beforehand, the sneakers had been owned by Andre Ljustina, a sneaker collector and founding father of the resale store Project Blitz.
How the legend has grown — The sneakers Jordan wore throughout key moments in his profession are probably the most coveted by collectors, and the Area Jam Air Jordan 11s loved a novel place because the footwear seen within the iconic movie. To this present day, Jordan Model has by no means reissued the identical precise sneaker from the film.
Even when a 2016 reissue featured the unique “harmony purple,” the “45” graphic on the heel set the sneaker aside from its namesake authentic. The one technique to purchase the “true” Area Jam Jordan is to land one of many few made for Michael, and this nitpicking over little particulars helped to drive up the value so excessive.
Final 12 months, a pair of game-worn and autographed Air Jordan 1s turned the costliest sneakers ever bought on the time in an auction that closed to coincide with The Final Dance finale. The document $560,000 value was surpassed earlier this 12 months by the unique Nike Air Yeezy pattern worn by Kanye West on the 2008 Grammys which sold for $1.8 million.
Whereas the previous couple of years noticed the document damaged steadily, it might be fairly some time earlier than we see something dearer than the Yeezys.